How to format your references using the IEEE Latin America Transactions citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Latin America Transactions. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
L. Bonetta, “Protein-protein interactions: Interactome under construction,” Nature, vol. 468, no. 7325, pp. 851–854, Dec. 2010.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. M. Prospero and P. J. Lamb, “African droughts and dust transport to the Caribbean: climate change implications,” Science, vol. 302, no. 5647, pp. 1024–1027, Nov. 2003.
A journal article with 3 authors
W. A. Nelson, O. N. Bjørnstad, and T. Yamanaka, “Recurrent insect outbreaks caused by temperature-driven changes in system stability,” Science, vol. 341, no. 6147, pp. 796–799, Aug. 2013.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Enninga, D. E. Levy, G. Blobel, and B. M. A. Fontoura, “Role of nucleoporin induction in releasing an mRNA nuclear export block,” Science, vol. 295, no. 5559, pp. 1523–1525, Feb. 2002.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
R. B. Jones, 20% Chance of Rain. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011.
An edited book
C. Mariconda, Discrete Calculus: Methods for Counting, vol. 103. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Werfel, “Collective Construction with Robot Swarms,” in Morphogenetic Engineering: Toward Programmable Complex Systems, R. Doursat, H. Sayama, and O. Michel, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2012, pp. 115–140.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for IEEE Latin America Transactions.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Scientists Use Lasers To Discover Ancient Lost City,” IFLScience, Sep. 23, 2014. (accessed Oct. 30, 2018).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office, “Space Science: Causes and Impacts of Cutbacks to NASA’s Outer Solar System Exploration Missions,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, NSIAD-94-24, Dec. 1993.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
M. S. Ayhan, “A Probabilistic Biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, 2015.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
A. Feuer, “A Campaign to Preserve the Ordinary,” New York Times, p. MB1, Apr. 05, 2015.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1], [2].
This sentence cites four references [1]–[4].

About the journal

Full journal titleIEEE Latin America Transactions
ISSN (print)1548-0992
ScopeGeneral Computer Science
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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